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FIA: Seb has no case to answer

London: Ferrari’s hopes of appealing against the result of Sunday’s Brazilian GP appear to have been dealt a conclusive blow with Formula One’s governing body saying there is “no case to answer” in the controversy involving Sebastian Vettel’s overtaking of Jean-Eric Vergne.

According to reports, the Scuderia have been “evaluating footage” which appears to show Red Bull driver Vettel overtaking a rival on a part of the circuit where yellow caution lights are being shown.

Vettel finished sixth in Sunday’s season-finale at Interlagos, enough to see him end the year three points ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and with it claim his third drivers’ title in succession.

Were Ferrari to have successfully appealed, the FIA would have the power to add 20 seconds to Vettel’s race time, a punishment which would drop the German to eighth place and lose him sufficient world championship points to hand the title to rival Alonso.

However, according to a report in a magazine, the FIA has revealed that it is in no doubt Vettel’s pass was legitimate.

FIA sources have confirmed that the yellow-flag sector at Interlagos started at the light panel just before Turn 3, at marshal sector 3, and ends about 150m before Turn 4, where a green light panel is displayed. However, there is a marshal’s post in between these two panels and a green flag was being waved there during that lap.